Child mixing ingredients
Child pouring milk
Child mixing ingredients
Child eating pudding
Child eating pudding

Why cooking?  Children gain knowledge in multiple content domains:

  • Language development and literacy
  • Mathematical thinking
  • Multiple areas of science
  • Social studies

When making pudding, children learn when more milk is added to the dry mix, the pudding becomes thin and runny.  They also learn the length of time the pudding mixture is shaken affects the consistency of the pudding.

Select one of the versions to start cooking:

  • booklet:  one instruction per page.
  • 3-4 year olds:  The recipe directions are written in a rebus style (using high frequency words and pictures that stand for words).  Measurements are listed in terms of “big” and “small”. Pictures show not only what size spoon, but how many of each size.
  • grades K-2:  The recipe directions are written in simple text. Measurements are listed in cooking terms such as “Tablespoon” and “½ teaspoon”. Pictures show how many of each.
  • grades 2-3:  The recipe directions have minimal illustrations.